2021 Strade Bianche, March 6th

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That's a terrible design imo, having what amounts to a predetermined breaking point in such a critical piece of equipment that has to withstand significiant force at the most important points of a race.

But props to them for recognising the mistake.
The bars didn't break anywhere near the point of where they extend. It was the drop that snapped
 
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The bars didn't break anywhere near the point of where they extend. It was the drop that snapped
It looks like it broke where the lever was fitted - I've seen Canyon has a proprietary band-on for their slightly odd shaped handlebars so perhaps it may be a design fault of a different variety than the extendobars section of them
 
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MvdP is obviously a top contender. Last year he was undertrained / underraced and he still got 15th (after a flat).
This year he is even more of a monster. WvA has more (proven) climbing pedigree but not by much, and he comes from a high-altitude training camp.
Still, both WvA and MvdP will be closer to cracking on the very steep slopes, compared to Fuglsang , Pogacar and Alaphilippe.
 
MvdP is obviously a top contender. Last year he was undertrained / underraced and he still got 15th (after a flat).
This year he is even more of a monster. WvA has more (proven) climbing pedigree but not by much, and he comes from a high-altitude training camp.
Still, both WvA and MvdP will be closer to cracking on the very steep slopes, compared to Fuglsang , Pogacar and Alaphilippe.
yep agree.. on the longer climbing strokes mvdp will suffer the most. But if he is still there in Siena no way is he at a disadvantage on a 500m hill vs those guys. MVDP excels at sprinting on <1km ramps.
 
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I'm hoping for:

  • rain & mud
  • no flats for WVA, MVP, Alafpolak or any of the contenders
  • 3-4 guys sprint in Sienna with the likes of WVA, MVP, Alafpolak and/or Pogacar, Fulsang, ect.
 
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I don't think Woods bike handling is good enough for a race like Strade Bianche, but I'd be glad to be proven wrong.
One of my favorite riders since last year Vuelta.
He can just glue himself to the wheel of one of the other favourites and he'll be alright. But since he isn't riding the race, it doesn't matter this year.
 
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It's certainly an impressive line-up!

Men:
****Alaphilippe, Van der Poel, Van Aert
***Fuglsang, Pogacar, Asgreen
**Pidcock, Küng, Bettiol, Formolo, Ballerini
*De Marchi, Brambilla, Van Avermaet, Wellens, Valverde, Mas, Bilbao, S. Yates, Bardet, Kwiatkowski, Stybar

Women:
****Van der Breggen
***Van Vleuten, VDB-Blaak, Kopecky (?)
**Bastianelli, Deignan, Uttrup, Vollering,
*Longo Borghini, Guderzo, Niewiadoma, Vos, Lippert

I can't find Kopecky and D'hoore on the current start list, but Kopecky was announced.
 
Alaphilippe himself didn't exactly set the world on fire the only time he climbed via Santa Caterina with a chance to win the race. He followed Van Aert until Fuglsang attacked and then followed him all the way to the top. He outsprinted Fuglsang on the flat part.
Their time up the wall was around 50".

I think we have enough examples of very punchy rider being beaten (or even blown away in some cases) on via Santa Caterina to be aware that anything can happen once they get there.
And i would rate Fuglsang that year higher than i would both van der Poel and van Aert now, when it comes to steep climbs like that.
 
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Can someone tell me why Pogacar is rated so high here?

If Roglic was more aggressive with his friend he would have dropped him on stage 18 in Le Tour 2020.
I think Roglic should have tried, but I'm not sure he could have.

Why I rate Pogacar very high for this race: Because he can produce insane watts, he's punchy, he can climb, he was there in the finale of LBL, he's in form as shown in UAE. He's not the most skilled, but not bad skilled either.
 

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